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Mexican-Inspired Chicken Soup

This zesty chicken taco soup is loaded with corn and black beans in a mildly spicy red broth. As a busy mom of three young children, I'm always looking for dinner recipes that can be prepared in the morning. The kids love the taste of this easy soup. —Marlene Kane, Lainesburg, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 can (32 ounces) V8 juice
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • Optional: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute chicken in oil until no longer pink. Add water and taco seasoning; simmer, uncovered, until chicken is well coated.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the V8 juice, salsa, beans and corn. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through. If desired, serve with optional toppings.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 304 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1199mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein.
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  • rduncan483
    Jan 28, 2021

    One of my go to soup recipes. We love this one.

  • Pat
    Nov 17, 2020

    Not bad. Had a good flavor. Use fresh chicken, not frozen if possible.

  • theresahill
    Jan 29, 2019

    This soup is amazing. I usually double the recipe so we have leftovers for lunches. A must try!

  • Terri
    Nov 13, 2018

    I used my instant pot to make this. I first sauteed about half an onion and four cloves of garlic. I also already used some previously cooked chicken. 10 minutes on high pressure with quick release did the trick. I doubled the recipe and it took 37 minutes to come up to pressure. Overall about an hour. It's going on our list of go-to recipes.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 20, 2017

    This soup was good on the day it was made, but was not a great leftover.

  • trenaharrell1
    Feb 11, 2017

    This soup is very tasty. I wouldn't change a thing.

  • hkpepin
    Mar 28, 2016

    I will absolutely make this again, but since I like my soup in the thick side, I will skip the water. Rather than V8, I used cream of chicken soup since my family isn't much on V8 and tomato products. But I did keep in the salsa. Instead of just eating it like soup, we dipped some tortilla chips in as well. Even my 2 year old enjoyed that! And can't beat the convenience of using the slow cooker.

  • DSKHutch
    Mar 17, 2015

    Great taste, easy to make. My whole family voted it a keeper. It's been on our regular menu for several months now.

  • skippy3716
    Feb 7, 2015

    Very easy to make and flavorful. I used the Perdue Shortcuts Southwest seasoned chicken. I buy them only when they are on sale and I have coupons, so I'm usually stocked up in the freezer. Definitely a keeper. Next time I will make it in a soup pot instead of a slow cooker and maybe add a little green chilles.

  • ConnieK
    Jan 27, 2015

    Very tasty and simple to make. Great with tortilla chip scoops!